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Confirmed South Carolina football signees

Deebo Samuel calls in to Shi Smith signing

Union County WR Shi Smith got a surprise guest at the table on signing day as his future South Carolina Gamecocks football teammate Deebo Samuel came with a well-timed call.
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Union County WR Shi Smith got a surprise guest at the table on signing day as his future South Carolina Gamecocks football teammate Deebo Samuel came with a well-timed call.

South Carolina closes on its 2017 football signing class on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s confirmed signees

▪  DB Jamyest Williams (2:45 p.m.) 5-9, 174; Loganville, Ga. ... Highest-rated member of the class ... Also starred on offense at Grayson High with 606 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns to go with 380 receiving and five more scores ... Under Armour All American

▪  DL Brad Johnson (2:18 p.m.) 6-4, 230; Pendleton, SC ... 13 sacks, 43 tackles, a blocked kick and two forced fumbles as a senior, to go with 693 yards and five scores on 75 carries at running back.

▪  OL Jordon Carty (12:13 p.m.) 6-7, 299; Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. ... The final piece of USC’s offensive line group and second lineman to join under new coach Eric Wolford.

▪  OL Jordan Rhodes (10:58 a.m.) 6-5, 318; Fairburn, Ga. ... Grew up as a basketball player, Rhodes decided to give football a try this past season and made an immediate impact on the high school level.

▪  LB Eldridge Thompson (10:58 a.m.) 6-1, 191; Memphis, Tenn./Coffeyville CC ... Missed most of season with injury ... As a freshman, 102 tackles, three sacks, four tackles for loss, one intercetpion, one forced fumble, five pass break-ups

▪  DB Tavyn Jackson (10:58 a.m.) 5-11, 177; Tallahassee, Fla. ... Picked the Gamecocks after impressive showing at summer camp ... Four interceptions, 76 tackles, three tackles for loss, nine pass breakups as a senior.

▪  LB Sherrod Greene (10:58 a.m.) 6-1, 220; Rocky Mount, NC ... 96 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble return touchdown, 21 carries, 194 yards, two rushing TDs,

▪  DL Aaron Sterling (10:53 a.m.) 6-2, 238; Tucker, Ga. ... One-time Alabama commitment picked USC over Tennessee. ... Under Armour All American.

▪  WR Chad Terrell (10:53 a.m.) 6-2, 208; Dallas, Ga. ... 1,236 yards on 64 catches for North Paulding High last season, earning Player of the Year honors in his region. He scored 17 touchdowns.

▪  DL Javon Kinlaw (10:35 a.m.) 6-6, 340; Goose Creek/Jones County Junior College ... At Jones County, Kinlaw had 26 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks in eight games.

▪  DB Keisean Nixon (10:35) 5-10, 192; Compton, Calif. ... Coming to USC from Arizona Western College. ... Nephew of musician Snoop Dogg.

▪  OL Dennis Daley (7:55 a.m.) 6-6, 309; Columbia/Georgia Military College ... Daley, originally from Ridge View High, will have three years to play two at USC.

Chapin’s Will Register signed to play football with the South Carolina Gamecocks.

▪  TE Will Register (7:55 a.m.) 6-4, 236; Chapin, SC ... First commitment of the class ... 24 catches for 251 yards in 2016 ... Shrine Bowl selection.

▪  LB Davonne Bowen (7:55 a.m.) 6-1, 224; Piedmont, SC ... 75 tackles ans six sacks as a senior ... Shrine Bowl selection.

▪  QB Jay Urich (7:55 a.m.) 6-4, 196; Piedmont, SC ... As a senior, completed 58.1 percent of his passes, going 183-for-315 for 2,055 yards. had 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, averaged 186.8 yards passing per game. ... Also rushed 183 times for 1,036 yards and 15 scores.

▪  DB Zay Brown (7:22 a.m.) 5-10, 197; Athens, Ga ... Brown can play corner and safety, expected to be a safety with the Gamecocks.

▪  OL Eric Douglas (7:17 a.m.) 6-5, 297; Charlotte, NC ... South Carolina was first offer for longtime commit. ... Shrine Bowl selection.

▪  LB Damani Staley (7:08 a.m) 6-1, 205; Columbia ... Set Ridge View single season record with 29 sacks in 2016 after 21 in 2015 ... Son of USC great Duce Staley ... Shrine Bowl and The State’s Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

▪  WR Shi Smith (7:07 a.m.) 5-10, 181; Union, SC ... Shrine Bowl selection ... 47 catches for 609 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior ... 4A Upper State Back of the Year.

Ridge View's Damani Staley is officially part of the South Carolina 2017 signing class.

Former Goose Creek standout Javon Kinlaw, now at Jones County Junior College, joins the 2017 recruiting class for South Carolina.

Defensive lineman Aaron Sterling picks the Gamecocks and turns down Alabama and Tennessee


▪  OL Summie Carlay (Laurens) 6-5, 275 ... Shrine Bowl selection. ... Earned a spot on the All-Region 2-5A team. ... Formerly played tight end but moved to offensive tackle as a junior.

▪  DB Kaleb Chalmers (Greenwood) 5-11, 185 ... Former Greenwood standout recorded 30 tackles with one sack, one interception and 13 pass breakups at Northwest Mississippi Community College ... Spent true freshman season at Clemson where he was redshirted.

▪  DB Jaylin Dickerson (Southern Pines, NC) 6-1, 180 ... Shrine Bowl selection ... 65 tackles, three passes broken up and two forced fumbles as a senior.

▪  WR OrTre Smith (Mount Pleasant) 6-4, 210 ... Caught 37 passes for 448 yards and two touchdowns at wide receiver while totaling 29 tackles and an interception as the starting safety at Wando High before missing the remainder of the 2016 season with an ankle injury. ... 84 catches for 1,364 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior. ... Mother, Tashia Greene, played volleyball at Clemson from 1989-90.

▪  DT M.J. Webb (Madison, Ga.) 6-3, 275 ... Georgia 3A Region 8 Player of the Year in 2016. ... 108 tackles as a senior, 20 for loss, to go with 19 quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery.

Defensive back Zay Brown (Athens, Ga.) explains why he picked the Gamecocks.